The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has reportedly seized and demolished a plot of land worth N250 million; belonging to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
It was also learnt that Ganduje approved a paltry N4.5 million as compensation to the monarch.
This is a continuation of the crisis between Ganduje and the emir; which culminated in whittling down the influence of the latter.
The governor created four additional emirates while installing first-class emirs in Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya.
Meanwhile, a Kano High Court presided by Justice Usman Na’abba had last week nullified the law that created the emirates and the emirs; triggering fears that the judgement might trigger the simmering crisis.
Sources close to the government revealed the property, located at Ibrahim Dabo Road; was demolished to pave way for the ongoing flyover; and underpass bridge being constructed at the Dangi Roundabout area.
Officials of the state land ministry said the emir purchased the 1.2-hectare land in 2010 at the cost of N200million.
According to them, the land was recently valued N250 million at the commercial rate; but the state government insisted that payment would be made in accordance with the statutory land rate.
When contacted, the Chief of Staff to the Emir, Munir Sanusi declined to comment on the matter; saying the emir had not given him clearance to speak on the matter.
However, palace sources said the emir is yet to receive any payment from the government; as compensation for the parcel of land, through which the road will pass through.
However, the commissioner claimed that the state government had paid compensation to the emir.
“I can tell you he got the alert. For eight months, this issue has stalled the project; and this project is for the public interest.
“We were even hoping that the Emir would give us the land free to continue with the work.
“But since he did not give it to us, we decided to engage the service of valuers; who valued it according to the statutory land rate because the government does not engage in the commercial purchase,” he said.